Northern Westchester Hospital and Westchester Land Trust Form Partnership to Promote Wellness and Access to Nature

Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, New York (April 27, 2016) – Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) and the Westchester Land Trust (WLT) recently formed a partnership to promote the beneficial connection between human wellness and access to nature. On Sunday, April 10th, more than 30 people participated in a free Family Wellness Hike co-hosted by NWH and WLT. During the two hour hike at the Westchester Wilderness Walk / Zofnass Family Preserve (Pound Ridge, NY), children and adults learned about the merits of diet and exercise for both physical and mental well-being and gained a deeper understanding of the relationship between environmental health and human health. 

Co-led by WLT’s Director of Stewardship, Tate Bushell, and NWH’s Director of Community Health Education & Outreach, Maria Simonetti, the event was the first collaboration between a health provider and a conservation organization in Westchester and both organizations are proud to promote the beneficial connection between human wellness and access to nature in the community. Paul Zofnass, founder and namesake of the 150-acre preserve, was on hand to welcome program attendees.

The NWH/WLT partnership was spearheaded by community volunteers Gretchen Menzies and Amy Ferguson. Ms. Menzies is the owner of The Reading Room and Little Joes Books in Katonah and a member of the NWH Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Ferguson, a resident of Mt. Kisco, is a member of the WLT Board of Directors.

On Wednesday, May 11th, a guided meditation will be offered at WLT’s 9-acre Pine Croft Meadow Preserve located off Route 35 on Mead Street in Lewisboro, NY from 10:00am-12pm. WLT’s Betty Sue Hanson, a Reiki Master and Earth Walk Facilitator, will be joined by Marcela Denzer, a Physical Therapist with NWH. Two sections of this program will be offered: the first to graduates of NWH’s rehabilitation center who are incorporating holistic therapies into their post-surgical care; and the second to community members. Program attendees will reap the healing benefits - changes in mind and body - that happen to those who spend time in nature. The rain date is Wednesday, May 18th from 10am to 12 pm.

Individuals interested in attending this free event on May 11th should contact Northern Westchester Hospital’s Whitney Wasserman ([email protected]) as space is limited.


About Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a proud member of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment.


NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit and connect with us on Facebook.


Northern Westchester Hospital Contact:

Gretchen Mullin  

Director, Marketing & Public Affairs

[email protected]



About Westchester Land Trust

Based in Bedford Hills, the Westchester Land Trust works with public and private partners to preserve land in perpetuity and to enhance the natural resources in Westchester and eastern Putnam counties—a densely populated region under persistent threat from the pressures of development.   WLT’s conservation efforts impact the long-term health of these communities through the protection of watershed areas, air quality, and food supply.  Using conservation easements, WLT provides a vehicle for individual preservationists to realize their open space aspirations while also protecting their investment.  Since its founding in 1988, WLT has preserved almost 8,000 acres of open space including approximately 700 acres of preserves owned by the organization which are free and open to the public year round.  For more information about WLT, please visit and connect with us on Facebook ( and Instagram (@WestchesterLandTrust). 


Westchester Land Trust Contact:

Kate Sann

Communications & Programs Manager

[email protected]

914-234.6992 ext. 15

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